Apr 1, 2024

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

National Alcohol Awareness Month was founded in 1987 by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol use disorder affects an estimated 15 million adults in the United States. Additionally, 140,000 deaths are attributed to alcohol-related causes annually. Alcohol Awareness Month aims to educate and provide information about alcohol use, foster candid discussion around it, and encourage individuals to seek treatment. Through these efforts, Alcohol Awareness Month has helped to save many lives and continues to be an essential tool in the fight against the effects of alcohol use disorder.

BCBSRI has several supports for members who may be struggling with substance use disorders:

Aware Recovery Care of Rhode Island – Offers medically-integrated in-home substance use disorder treatment. A mobile care team is available to provide in-home withdrawal management and MAT services. Regular family sessions and wellness consultations with a licensed family systems therapist allow families to also be involved in their loved one’s treatment process. 

Available to adult commercial members. For more information, please call (401) 232-4166 or visit www.awarerecoverycare.com.

BH Link – A 24/7 walk-in community-based program and call center which provides immediate crisis intervention services to individuals in need of ongoing treatment and recovery support. A professional team of nurses, counselors, psychiatrists, and peer specialists are on hand. Available to adult commercial members. For more information, please call the BH Link Hotline at (401) 414-LINK (5465).

HealthPath (offered through Butler Hospital) – A home and community-based service which offers comprehensive behavioral health services through a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, independently-licensed clinicians, peer support specialists, and substance abuse specialists. Available to adult commercial and Medicare Advantage members. For more information, please call (401) 415-8868 or contact BCBSRI Behavioral Health Case Management at 1-800-274-2958.

Opioid Treatment ProgramsAvailable to commercial and Medicare Advantage members. 

For more information, please contact any of the following Opioid Treatment Programs: 

  • Addiction Recovery Institute: (401) 725-2520 
  • BHG Pawtucket Treatment Center: (401) 727-1287 
  • CODAC: (401) 490-0716 
  • R.I.S.A.T. d.b.a. Discovery House Rhode Island: (401) 461-9110 
  • VICTA: (401) 300-5757

Peer recovery coaching – A SAMHSA-recognized tool that facilitates recovery and reduces healthcare costs. Peer recovery coaches are individuals who are also in recovery and who have undergone extensive training to provide support to their peers and serve as a bridge to substance use services and community supports. Peer recovery coaches do not diagnose or treat addiction. Available to commercial and Medicare Advantage members.

To learn more about Peer Recovery Coaching, you may visit any of our network Peer Recovery providers’ websites:

Behavioral Health Case Management Program highlight

The BCBSRI Behavioral Health Case Management Program is staffed by experienced mental health and substance use professionals who can provide education and support, assist with coordination of care, and help to close gaps related to social determinants of health.

Behavioral Health case managers are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  To refer a patient to the program, please call 1-800-274-2958 or email triage_group@bcbsri.org.

You may also use our automated referral form at BCBSRI.com by following these easy steps: 

1. Log on to the provider portal of BCBSRI.com 

2. Click on Tools and Resources

3. Click on Forms 

4. Click on Case Management Request 

5. Complete the required fields and click Go!

For additional information, please contact Monica Ross at monica.ross@bcbsri.org